The Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (VDDHH), Virginia Relay CapTel, and Heroes with Hearing LossProgram have partnered with the disAbility Resource Center in Fredericksburg, Va. to present “Soldiering on with Confidence & Independence,” a conference targeted specifically to United States military veterans who are hard of hearing and to their families.

The event will take place from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 9 at the John F. Fick Conference Center (1301 Sam Perry Boulevard) in Fredericksburg. The day will be filled with informational presentations and exhibit booths intended to honor veterans for their service and give them a forum to share information, personal experiences, strategies and more about living with hearing loss.

According to statistics from the Department of Defense, hearing loss is currently the number one service-related injury suffered by U.S. veterans returning home from the battlefields of Afghanistan and Iraq. Approximately 60 percent of veterans returning from Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom have some hearing damage, with 840,000 suffering from tinnitus and just over 700,000 suffering from hearing loss. More than 1.2 million veterans from every generation suffer from some form of hearing loss.

Conference attendees will have the opportunity to attend helpful presentations from leading physicians and audiologists; gather information about the latest hearing loss technologies, including implantable hearing aids and cochlear implants; meet other veterans with hearing loss and share experiences and coping skills; view live hearing dog demonstrations; and view a variety of assistive communication devices on display, courtesy of VDDHH and Hamilton CapTel.

The cost to attend “Soldiering on with Confidence & Independence” is $20 per person and registration will be limited to the first 200 reservations received. Scholarships made possible by the Virginia Wounded Warriors Program are available to veterans who may not be able to afford to attend.

For more information about or to register for “Soldiering on with Confidence & Independence,” please contact Arva Priola at The disAbility Resource Center via phone at 540-373-5890, via email at or, or visit

Click here to download our brochure and view the event schedule.

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